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CPD. Conferences. Webinars. Heart.

Putting authenticity, creativity and compassion at the centre of things since 1994.


If it's your job to find the very best speakers and trainers for an INSET day, a conference, an online CPD programme or even a student or parent workshop, then let us help you.

We can save you time and money (and make you look good in the process).

With creative ideas for teaching and learning, leadership and well-being, we've been inspiring, motivating and helping transform schools and colleges across the world for 30 years.

Always with our satisfaction guarantee. Always with children and young people at the heart of things. Always highlighting there is another way.

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Independent Thinking is a unique organisation bringing together some of the UK's leading educators, speakers and authors.

We pride ourselves on speakers who are knowledgable, engaging, flexible and grounded in the reality of school life - from classroom practice to leadership and everything in between.

What unites us is our passion for compassionate and creative education with children and young people at its heart.

Established in 1994, Independent Thinking has spent three decades quietly supporting thousands of teachers, school leaders, students, parents and governors throughout the UK and beyond.

Always with the message that there is another way.

Choose One. Or Pick 'n' Mix.

Ian Gilbert • Mark Anderson • Nathan Arnold • Lisa Jane Ashes • Adele Bates • Phil Beadle • Jackie Beere • Tim Benton • Andrew Bernard • David Cameron • Mark Creasy • Simon Cooper-Hind • Dr Andrew Curran • Stephanie Davies • Mark Finnis • Claire Gadsby •  Rhia Gibbs • Vic Goddard • Dave Harris • Crista Hazell • David Hodgson • Haili Hughes • Dave Keeling • Martin Illingworth • Nina Jackson • Gill Kelly • Dr Debra Kidd • Alison Kriel • Jonathan Lear • Roy Leighton • Mikey Markham • Dr Matthew McFall • Julie Rees • Jim Roberson • Hywel Roberts •  Juliet Robertson •  Will Ryan • Jim Smith • Ruth Swailes • Ian Taylor • Ian Timbrell • Andy Vass • Dave Whitaker • Floyd Woodrow

Why Choose Independent Thinking?

More than a speaker's bureau or a training company, there is a family feel to Independent Thinking. Our Associates are proud to have become colleagues and friends belonging to something special - a mission-led organisation that for three decades has prioritised making a difference.

From the moment you make contact and we get back to you 'reassuringly quickly', you can be assured we will do all we can to help you plan an event that will be entertaining, inspiring, useful and memorable - guaranteed!

Nice things our clients are saying about us


Can I say a big thank you for your session today. You have motivated the staff and made them really think about where we are at the moment and where we want to go next.

I just wanted to say ‘thank you so much’ for your thought provoking, and enlightening discussion yesterday. It was incredibly motivational

What a Conference! Our aims and ambitions were not only met but were surpassed. So much learning, support, inspiration, laughter and even tears. Thank you.

Just wanted to say a huge thank you. So inspiring! Been on many CPD courses over many, many years and usually disengage mid-way but definitely not the case this morning. I'm all fired up to brace new challenges next academic year!

Inspiring, amazing, funny, breath of fresh air!

Staff are saying things like 'Best speaker I have listened to' and 'So real'. It will be amazing to see the difference in opportunity for our school

I also wanted to thank you so much for facilitating this project. You made it super easy for me

We feel very complimented that you provided speakers of such quality

I wanted to take some time to express what a brilliant experience last week's conference was and how thankful I am that you were able to coordinate the talented speakers that joined us.

Each one brought something unique and special to our event but equally each one joined the dots beautifully

Superb presentation – great ideas for approaches to school improvement and what really matters

Thank you so much for your brilliantly original and so relevant session yesterday at our Conference. The feedback has been terrific. It is a real pleasure working with you

Brilliant, funny, thought provoking – so helpful at this stage of my headship in terms of getting to what really matters.

Thank you so much for today, it has definitely sparked a lot of discussion and new ways of working. I am really excited about everything you and your company do

Really enjoy working with Independent Thinking to support our conferences - you make my job much less stressful!

What We Do

  • Conference keynotes
  • Conference workshops
  • Full- and half-day INSET
  • Twilights
  • Live webinars
  • Prerecorded sessions
  • Books and resources
  • Consultancy

Topics. Not buzzwords.

Adaptive teaching • Additional Learning Needs • Aspirations • Assessment • Behaviour • Challenge • Citizenship • Classroom Design • Classroom Management • Coaching • Cognition • Complexity • Conversation and Communication • Creativity • Curiosity • Curriculum Design • Digital technologies • Differentiation • Diversity • Early Years • Employability • Engagement • Entrepreneurship • Environment • Equality • Governance • Humour • Inclusion • Improving Standards • Independent Learning • Kindness • Leadership • Learning • Learning Technologies • Lesson Planning • Literacy • Managing Stress • Managing Workload • Memory • Motivation • Neurodiversity • Neuroscience • Numeracy • Outdoor Learning • Pedagogy • Questioning • Rapport • Relationships • Relational Practice •  Resilience • Restorative Practice • School Improvement • SEND • Service Learning • Storytelling • Teaching and Learning • Teaching in Challenging Circumstances • Team Building • Thinking Skills • Thunks • Values-based Education • Well-being • Wonder

Your Satisfaction Guarantee

Ever since we began we have made it clear that if a client is not happy with the outcome, they don't pay.

Simple as.


Our Voice in Print

Through our award-winning Independent Thinking Press, we changed the face of education publishing in the UK.

From important titles like The Working Class and Square Pegs to the Independent thinking On... series of paperbacks and best sellers like When the Adults Change and Messy Maths, these entertaining, inspiring and practical books are genuinely 'our voice in print'.

Speakers Who Stay With You

As our many, many clients testify, there is something special about hearing from an Independent Thinking Associate.

Entertaining, honest, inspiring and challenging yet always practical and down to earth, our Associates are very much 'speakers who stay with you' long after the event has ended.

Our unique CPD Jukebox

We asked our Associates a whole series of topical questions including:

As a secondary teacher, what can I learn from Early Years practice?

How can I best support a child with ADHD in my classroom?

As a school leader, what can I do to make my school more inclusive?

A child has just sworn at me, what should I do next?

Who We Love to Work With

  • Teachers
  • Leaders
  • Middle Leaders
  • Students and children
  • Parents
  • Governors
  • Teaching Assistant
  • EYFS - Primary - Secondary - FE - HE
  • Special schools - Alternative Provision - SEMH settings - Virtual Schools
  • State schools - Independent Schools - International schools

A Message From Our Founder

I set up Independent Thinking in 1994 to make a difference to young people in schools.

The grand vision then was 'To change children's lives by changing the way they think. And so to change the world'.

It has been such a pleasure to work with so many great educators over the last three decades, all united in the knowledge that there is always another way.

I still believe that creativity is at the heart of it all, that education is too important to be taken seriously and that the best sort of education can change the world for the better.

But you know that.

Thank you for letting us be part of that ambition with you.


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We'll even send you a free copy of our controversial 25-point Alternative Good School Checklist as a thank you.

See you on the other side.

CPD. Conferences. Webinars. Heart.

Inspiring educators since 1994 - online, in print and in the room.

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